Six room sharing tips to help you find a place to live.
So you are looking for a place to live and instead of finding an apartment, you want to find a room in someone’s home to share. Room Share has become very popular in the past few years when the economy was down. A Room for rent is not exactly the same thing as renting an apartment. Room sharing opportunities generally mean you will have a private bedroom and shared common areas like the kitchen and TV room. Here are some room share idea to get you started on your quest.
- Location & Budget. Figure out what areas of town you want to live in and where to avoid. Decide what type of amenities you need, maybe a laundry machine or a dishwasher. Lastly, figure out your budget. Some rentals might include utilities like cable or internet, others will expect you to share in the expense.
- Check your local newspaper. The largest circulation day is typically Sunday and it will have the greatest amount of classified ads. Some cities have weekly papers as well that might have room rental opportunities.
- Check online. Visit sites like Roomster.com. Roomster has a vast database of people looking renting rooms all over the world. They even show you links to social media pages for the people renting the homes. It is as simple as typing in your city and clicking the search icon. You can also check sites like Craigslist, but you will not find the quality of information you will on sites dedicated to finding or renting rooms.
- Set up a Meeting. Once you find the perfect place for you, set up a meeting with the renter. If you don’t feel comfortable going to their house without knowing how they are, you might want to meet in a public place like a coffee shop. You need to make sure you two will be compatible. It will help to have a list of things you are looking for and a list of stuff you do not want. See how many boxes the renter ticks for you. If you think it will be a good fit, then move forward. If not, start the search again. You might feel more comfortable bringing a friend with you for the interview just to get a second opinion. If the interview goes well, now you can visit the home and see if you like it or not.
- Talk to Previous Tenants. If the renter has been sharing a room in the past, try and talk to previous tenants to find out what living there was really like.
- Take pictures of the room. When you move it, take a picture of the room and note any damage present. You will want to document any kind of wear and tear, even if you think it is minimal. Look at things like carpets, curtains, doors, walls, and windows. Email the photos to yourself that day you have a record of what it looks like. When you are ready to move out, you now have a record of any damage that was already there when you first moved in that your landlord may have forgotten.
Following these tips should help make your room share experience a positive one. Good luck!